Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/14/2014 Wash and Go Product Routine

I thought I would start to document what products I use whenever I do a Wash and go, so that there is a reference if anyone was interested. I have always been leary of using glycerin gels when the weather changes for fear of  sucking the moisture out of my own hair since there is none in the air when it gets cooler.  This year I will be working from home more, so I can test out my routine until I get a protective style in for a few weeks.


My favorite commercial gel that can be purchased on ground is Xtreme Wet Line gel.  Its an amazing, awesome gel thats very cheap and affordable. It however , has glycerin high up on the list. My idea was to use it first and then layer something heavy over it to kind of seal the glycerin in if I go outside.  Well, that didnt work out too well but it kind of worked out for me in the combination that I used 3 days ago..

I started out my routine after having kinky twists in for three weeks. I used J Monique Naturals Rhassoul & Bentonite Clay mask to " wash " my hair. After rinsing the mask out,  I added Soultanicals Curly Tress Silk Milk as a leave in conditioner, and then styled with the Xtreme Wet Line Gel and Curly Twirls Custard styling gel.  Both of these gels have glycerin in it so I kept an eye out on my hair to see if it was drying out.

Even doing my hair mid day by the time it was evening my hair was still damp.  I fell asleep with a cap on but the next day my hair was mussed and slightly frizzed.  I didnt mind as I wasnt going out anymore so I continued on my way.  I  didnt moisturize or restyle until today.

This morning  I "washed" my hair with Soultanicals Master Cleanse Curl detox and after rinsing, deep conditioned with Etae Caramel Treatment and added molasses on top. I kept that in for 15 minutes, rinsed and  then proceeded to  style again with the aforementioned products.  I skipped the leave in conditioner after rinsing to see if my hair dries quicker without the extra layer of product.

The pictures below are the results.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sheamoisture: Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Collection

I've been a faithful stalker...umm..er... follower of the Sundial Brands since 1995 when I could only find the Sheamoisture and Nubian Heritage products in my local muslim stories. I'm so proud to know that this is a black owned company that has expanded in such a way that everyone, not only people of color have come to use and love their products.

2014 has been the year of expansion it seems though, new collections, makeup, and skincare.. it's just amazing to see how far they have come , so I was over the moon to see a line geared for Intensive Moisture. Manuka Honey...Hmm! I just had to get my hands on anything with honey in it AND Fig? What actually drew me to this line most of all is that, 10% of sales of this particular line will go to the community commerce fighting poverty.It is currently only available in Target and as elusive as ever. Luckily a few weeks ago, I was stalking Target online and was able to get the body wash,  deep conditioner and  regular conditioner. I couldn't have been any more excited if it was my first plate of food at Thanksgiving, LOL.

And, I didnt let the fact that I was in Kinky Twists stop me. As a true product junkie knows.. you always keep a stash for later. So, my products arrived in a timely manner and I jumped into the bath immediately with the body wash.  I was imaging a scent that would linger and leave me smelling like tropical figs or ... ripening honey. Sadly, this line doesn't have a heavy scent or lingering. It's not overpowering but its subtle.  I used to eat figs right off the trees in Florida so , I was trying to conjure up that scent and it escaped me as well. It's almost hard to pinpoint but I like it.  I liked it so much, I keep checking online so I can get the body scrub and hoping like heck, they release a body massage oil as well..

The "Products"

Hydration Body Wash $9.99 13ozs

 gently cleanses while moisturizing dry, rough skin. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended into a restorative formulation that delivers intense hydration while boosting skin’s moisture barrier. African Rock Fig helps smooth and restore softness.
• Made with natural and certified organic ingredients.
• Manuka Honey contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe skin. Helps create a moisturizing barrier, allowing skin to rehydrate itself.
• Mafura Oil contains high levels of beneficial oleic acid. Helps replenish oils stripped from skin and hair.
• African Rock Fig contains antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps keep skin looking youthful

Ingredients: water, decyl glucoside, sodium stearoyl lactylate, disodium alkyl polyglucoside citrate, glycerin, panthenol, shea butter, fig extract, guar hydrodypropyltrimonium chloride, essential oil blend, honey, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol,  adansania digitata seed oil, trichilia emetica seed butter.

Hydration Conditioner $9.99 13ozs

instantly softens and detangles while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended into a rich formulation of restorative oils to nourish and condition dry, brittle hair. Helps restore manageability.

Ingredients: water, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, shea butter , coconut oil, trichilia emetica seed butter, behentrimonium chloride, panthenol,  hydrolyzed cellulose, glycerin, jojoba oil,  adansania digitata seed oil, dicaprylyl ether, honey, essential oil, vitamin e,  aloe vera juice, hydrolyzed rice protein, caprylhydroxamic acid, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, pg propyl silanetriol, caprylyl glycol, fig extract

Hydration  Hair Masque $11.99 12ozs

 intensely conditions while infusing hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended with antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig to restore and lock in moisture while deeply conditioning. Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier frizz-free hair.

Ingredients:  water, cetyl alcohol,coconut oil, btms, shea butter, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, trichilia emetica seed oil, honey, hydrolyzed rice protein, essential oil blend, adansania digitata seed oil, centrimonium chloride, avocado oil, fig extract, mango seed butter,  vitamin e,  aloe vera leaf extract, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, butylene glycol

Infused Shea Body Butter $11.99 4.5ozs

comforts and delivers long-lasting hydration while rejuvenating dry, rough skin. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended into a rich formulation of restorative oils to deeply moisturize, while boosting skin’s moisture barrier against environment irritants. African Rock Fig helps smooth and restore softness to skin

 Ingredients: shea butter, mafura seed oil, fig extract, baobab seed oil, honey, vitamin e, essential oil blend.

I haven't tried the hair products out but eventually will get to them. If you take a look at the ingredients for the conditioner and the masque, the ingredients are very similar however the masque has the protein higher . Depending on which you like, you can get either or and make it work for your routine.

I am not fond of the body butter. The grit even after you emulsify it, is very hard to get absorbed into my damp body. If I wasn't lazy, I would remelt it myself and whip it but I'm not doing all of that. Luckily I picked this up on sale and I have a red card for an additional 5% off so all isnt lost. This would be an awesome sealer for your ends in the winter though.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wash and Go's , why Yes I will

Wondercurl Product Review : Restoring Treatment and Detoxifying Clay Cleanser

I've been a fan of Wondercurl products since she first appeared on the natural hair care products scene so to speak.  I found out about the vendor on Naturally Curly Type 4 Forum and bit the bullet and tried out her Get Set Hair Jelly and Get Slick Smoothie.  I was very happy to be able to pick my samples up locally because at the time Scarlett was literally one town over from me. What more could a product junkie ask for. Very simple ingredients and they worked great together for my wash and go routine. She then launched the Butter than love products and I bit on those too( Pudding and Whipped). FAB products to twist with.

I was fortunate enough to attend an event at Meko NYC and received a sample of the new Restoring Hair Treatment and LOVED it.  I am a die hard clay lover  so I find it amazeballs whenever a product vendor adds clay to  their hair products.

Scarlett the owner reached out to me to do a formal review of her two treatments and I was ecstatic to do so.  I received the  Restoring Treatment and Detoxifying Clay Cleanser.

The "Products"

8ozs for $24.00
Detoxifying Clay Cleanser  is a gentle cleanser that detangles and conditions hair in one process while removing impurities to refresh the scalp.

Kaolin clay revitalizes dry and damaged hair. Shea Butter has been used to sooth dry itchy scalp. Avocado Butter fortifies hair from the inside. Olive Oil contains antioxidants, which remove harmful free radicals from the surface of your hair and scalp.

Ingredients: DI Water, Kaolin Clay, Cetyl Alcohol (and) Behentrimonium Chloride (and) Cocamidopropyl Betaine (and) Sorbitan Laurate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol

8ozs for $22.00
Restoring Hair Treatment is an intensive deep hair treatment that strengthens, moisturizes and smooths your hair. Olive oil can easily penetrate into the hair, passing through the layers of cuticles to provide a deep moisturizer for the hair and mend split ends. Avocado prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. Shea butter is rich in vitamins A & E. It soothes dryness, repairs breakage and mends split ends. Tamanu oil regenerates, strengthens and protects hair. Plus, Vitamins E, C, B3 & B6 to protect hair, stimulate growth and maintain moisture for healthy hair.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Shea Butter (refined), Cetearyl Alcohol, Avocado Butter, Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Polyquaternium, Tamanu Oil, Guar Gum, Olive Oil PEG, Hair Vitamins, BTMS, Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cocos nucifera (Coconut RBD) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Limmnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil (Refined)

My "thoughts"

As I had already tried and fell in love with the Restoring Treatment, I wanted to try the Clay Cleanser first. I was thrown off by the texture of this cleanser as its almost like putty. It doesnt feel like putty but if you have every played with or touched putty, you know that, when you touch putty, your fingers can sink it but unless you put some effort into pulling it apart, putty will show the indentation of your finger and then slowly expand back out into its original state.  I put a video up on Youtube so you could see what it looks like.

Man, if this stuff were already slippery without introducing water, I would never use anything else. When your hair is wet and you add water to this product, it becomes a slippery detangling product that cleans your hair and gets it clean. The problem for me is, that the product does not become a liquid. If you take out a small amount and add water to your hair, it slips around in your hair or at leas it did in my hair. I had to almost knead it into my hair to get it to stay in long enough to get my scalp and length of my hair. Its super slippery though. I like it, but its a hassle to get it in, lol.  If this can be more of a creamy texture or easily to disperse,  I'd LOVE IT.  I was getting so mad in the shower trying to get it to not slip off my hair.

Out of a 10, I'd give it a 5 for sheer effort BUT once it's in , a 10!!!

The Restoring Treatment will go up in another post.

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